•September 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment
I like reading productivity sites. There, I’ve said it.
It seems to me, though, that the things almost always suffer from one of two basic fallacies: either they assume that you would be fine if you could somehow work harder; or they assume that you would be fine if you just managed to decouple yourself from the rush of the world around you. One Guru I can think of seems to fall into both camps, even.
Today two things occurred to me. The first is remembering what all this reminded me of: a scene in Looking Glass.
•June 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment
From A Fistful of Sky, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman:
It slammed into me, and I screamed, the impact was so unexpected! But it didn’t hurt. First there was heat, then a wave of flickery tingling, the sort of a champagne-bubbles-in-my-brain feeling. I blinked a couple of times and stared at my sister.
“No, no, no,” I said.
Her hand dropped to her side. “Ultimate Fashion Sense? What kind of curse is that?”
•May 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment
A recent story about a fight between two civilians with tazers seemed to mirror my own private predictions about what would happen if society ever got a real stun gun.
The ‘tazer’ isn’t it. It’s the electrical equivalent of a baton round; it hurts like blazes and you fall down. If you have a heart condition or the person responsible is enjoying himself too much, maybe you don’t get up again. A real stun gun — real as in fictional, since that was where the things were originally described — wouldn’t hurt: you’d just collapse in a heap and get up again fifteen minutes later.
•May 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment
From World of Ptavvs by Larry Niven:
“I’ll be damned in writing,” said Garner. “Charley, is this is a new idea? I’ve never heard of a dolphin wanting to go starhopping.”
“Not … brand new. The question has been discussed on the abstract level, and many are in favour of it, if only from the fear that swimmers will be left out of something. But I, myself, never felt the urge until three days ago.” more